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4 Key Considerations When Buying Hardwood Flooring

June 21, 2021

Are you thinking about replacing the flooring in your home with hardwoods? Smart move; however, there are several questions you’ll want to ask your flooring specialist before making the commitment. There are also a few key answers you’ll need to provide to ensure you get the best product for your home. Here are the top questions you’ll need to consider before purchasing your hardwood flooring.

Who Will Be Enjoying the New Floors?

When choosing new flooring, the first thing to consider is the kind of foot traffic the areas will be receiving. Do you have small children, pets, or lots of people coming in and out on a daily basis? Choosing a sturdier type of wood like oak is a smart choice for high-traffic areas in your home. If heavy foot traffic isn’t a concern, your options will open to a much broader range of materials and finishes. 

What Kind of Subfloor Do You Have? 

Believe it or not, the material of your subfloor can limit or extend your options for wood flooring. Most subfloors are made of plywood but can also be concrete or particleboard. It is easiest and most effective to install unfinished hardwoods on subfloors made of plywood because they can be nailed into place. On the other hand, you’ll need to choose a pre-finished engineered wood plank if your subfloors are concrete so that they can be glued down during installation. 

How Much Do You Want to Spend? 

Natural hardwood flooring is truly an investment into your home and isn’t something you’ll be replacing every ten years, but it can come with a hefty price tag. The total cost will depend on the kind of material you choose and the square footage of your home. Not so sure about committing to the price of real hardwood flooring? There are plenty of laminate options that can give you a similar look and feel! 

What Kinds of Flooring Are Available? 

Here’s the question we have all been waiting for. What kinds of flooring do I have to choose from? At 12th & Oak, we are proud to offer a wide variety of options for flooring that are sure to fit your budget. These include pre-finished or unfinished solid, engineered, laminate, luxury vinyl tile, and luxury vinyl plank. Learn the differences and select the best material for your home here.
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